Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you pick up your pre-booked rental car. If you arrive in the morning or afternoon, you might want to stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way into the city of Reykjavík.
If arriving late, you will find your accommodation near the airport.
Day 2: National Park Þingvellir, Geysers & Gullfoss Waterfall
Leave the city in the morning for the UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park Þingvellir. Here you should take a walk in the Almannagjá rift and visit the site of the old parliament.
From here your journey takes you through the village Laugarvatn to the geysers, where you are sure to witness the very active hot spring Strokkur erupt spectacularly every five minutes or so.
From Geysir it is only a 10-minute drive to the impressive waterfall, Gullfoss.
A drive towards the south coast will take you to your accommodation. In the summer time you might have the opportunity to attend a classical concert at Skálholt cathedral.
Day 3: Waterfalls, Bird Cliff Dyrhólaey & Black Coast of the South
Only a short drive away from the village of Hvolsvöllur you come across the waterfall Seljalandsfoss; a walk behind the waterfall is an unforgettable experience! Driving eastward you reach Skógar, where the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss awaits you.
Detours to the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the black sandy beach of Reynisfjara are well worth it, before heading to the village of Vík and further through the desert-like landscapes of Mýrdalssandur and Eldhraun to the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day 4: Skaftafell, Svartifoss Waterfall & Glacier Lagoon
Leave Kirkjubæjarklaustur behind you and drive to Skaftafell in Europe’s largest national park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. The short hike to the Svartifoss waterfall and the walk to the glacier Skaftafellsjökull are easy and both destinations are very accessible.
In the afternoon you reach Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where you might be tempted to take a boat tour amidst the drifting icebergs. You are highly likely to catch a glimpse of seals when walking along the river and along the coastline.
Day 5: Fjord Landscapes of the East
Leaving the fishing village of Höfn behind you, you drive through a tunnel that leads into the fjord landscapes of East Iceland characterized by dramatic precipices and narrow coastlines.
Small fishing villages offering different activities and museums can be found en route such as Djúpivogur (bird watching), Breiðdalsvík (geological center) and, if you don‘t take the ring road via Breiðdalur valley to Egilsstaðir, also Stöðvarfjörður (largest privately owned mineral collection in Iceland).
An alternative route leads you through Fáskrúðsfjörður and from there through a tunnel to Reyðarfjörður.
Day 6: Traditional Farm, Dettifoss Waterfall & Hot Mud Springs
Depart from Egilsstaðir through the Jökuldalur Valley and onwards through the desert-like lava landscapes towards your destination.
We recommend a detour through the valley of Möðrudalur and to the old farm Sænautasel, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee at a small café in an original turf house.
After having crossed the bridge over the glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum another detour that should not be missed leads to the tremendous Dettifoss waterfall.
In Námaskarð you come across boiling hot mud springs before reaching the area around Lake Mývatn.
Day 7: Lake Mývatn
Spend the day around Lake Mývatn, where a variety of sights and activities is on offer. You can take a walk through the Dimmuborgir lava field, see the pseudo craters of Skútustaðir and scale the crater Hverfjall.
The Nature Baths are perfect for some relaxation and the privately-owned and slightly quaint bird museum on the lake side can also be recommended.
Furthermore you can drive to Húsavík and hop on a 3-hour whale watching tour departing several times a day from the harbour.
Day 8: Akureyri & Warm Natural Pool in Skagafjörður
Stop by the Goðafoss waterfall on your way to Akureyri. In Akureyri you shouldn‘t miss taking a walk through the town center and perhaps visit the Nonni-house museum, where the author Jón Sveinsson (Nonni) lived from 1865 to 1869.
Leave Akureyri through the Öxnadalur valley and drive over the mountain pass Öxnadalsheiði to the Skagafjörður area, where you might be tempted to go horse riding or participate in a river rafting tour.
Taking a bath in the natural pool Grettislaug near Reykir north of Sauðárkrókur is a nice experience. The folk museum in Glaumbær and the old turf church in Víðimýri are well worth a visit.
Day 9: Sorcery and Witchcraft in the Westfjords
Drive through the village of Blönduós to the fjord Hrútafjörður, where you follow the coast until you reach Hólmavík. Here you can visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.
Drive onwards over the Steingrímsfjarðarheiði plateau to the Ísafjarðardjúp area. At Reykjanes you might want to take a dip in the very old and very interesting outdoor swimming pool. Your accommodation lies in the vicinity.
Day 10: Coast of the Great Fjord Ísafjarðardjúp & Dýrafjörður
Follow the coastline as it winds along the many side fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp. In Skötufjörður you might want to drop in at the small Café in Litlibær (open in summer) and not too far away from there you will spot seals resting on the rocky coast near the road.
Boat tours to the island of Vigur are offered from the harbour in Ísafjörður in the early afternoon. In Vigur you can pay a visit to a farmer who keeps eider ducks and collects eider down.
In Ísafjörður you can choose between several good restaurants and the Maritime Museum in Ósvör, outside the village on the way to the fishing village of Bolungarvík, is worth a visit.
Leave Ísafjörður through the tunnel taking you to Önundarfjörður and Dýrafjörður, where you will find your accommodation.
Day 11: Magnificent Dynjandi Waterfall, Fjord Arnarfjörður & Bird Cliff Látrabjarg
Stop by the old blacksmith‘s shop in the fishing village of Þingeyri before heading over the Hrafnseyrarheiði plateau to the next fjord, Arnarfjörður. At the bottom of the fjord you come across the unique waterfall Dynjandi just before ascending the Dynjandisheiði plateau.
Up on the plateau you turn right and drive down to the fjord Trostansfjörður, one of Arnarfjörðurs side fjords. On the coast, just next to the road in Reykjafjörður, you should stop for a soak in the amazing warm pool.
Driving through the fishing village of Bíldudalur and Tálknafjörður fjord, you reach Patreksfjörður. Follow the coastline to the folk and transport museum in Hnjótur in Örlygshöfn, a museum well worth a visit.
Continue through this very remote area to the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe), over 400m/1440ft high and 14km/8mi long. From Mid-May till mid-August you will see puffins here.
Day 12: Breiðafjörður Bay & Snæfellsnes Peninsula
You catch the car ferry Baldur at 12:15 pm (summer schedule) at the harbour in Brjánslækur. On the way over Breiðafjörður bay, the ferry stops on the island of Flatey.
If the weather is nice you will enjoy a magnificent view of the bay’s countless islands as well as the glacier Snæfellsjökull.
After you arrive in Stykkishólmur, we recommend you proceed to the farm Bjarnarhöfn for a visit to a privately-owned museum, dedicated to the tradition of shark catching in Iceland. Tonight’s accommodation is in the vicinity.
Day 13: Snæfellsjökull Glacier & the South Coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today you explore Snæfellsnes peninsula and either drive around Snæfellsjökull glacier or cross the peninsula east of the glacier via the overland gravel road (check accessibility beforehand).
On your way you might want to explore sites such as the embarkation point on the coast of Dritvík and Djúpalónssandur, the bird cliffs of Lóndrangar as well as the tiny fishing villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi.
On the rocky coast below the farm Ytri-Tunga you can spot seals resting before you hit the road south into the Borgarfjörður area.
Day 14: Waterfalls, Hot Spring & Reykjavík
See the hot water spring in Deildartunga and learn about Snorri Sturluson, the writer of the Eddas in the Reykholt Saga-Centre, Snorrastofa.
The waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss are also well worth stopping by before making your way to Reykjavík.
In Reykjavík you can stop by Perlan (the Pearl), a glass-domed building at the top of Öskjuhlíð hill, where you have a marvelous view of the city. Afterwards you should definitely take a stroll through the city center.
Day 15: Departure
The time of departure determines your plan for the day. If you leave in the late afternoon or the evening you will have time to explore Reykjavík and stop by at the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport.
If your flight leaves in the early morning you‘ll have to leave Reykjavík early for the airport, where you return your rental car before departure.